Strangely Familiar

by Tiff Randol

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1.
In my head Words you said Your voice I can't forget A picture of you and I know the truth It's you I hold onto I won't give up I won't give up on you If I lay my love out on the line Will you lay me down with your love? I'll never let you go No I won't give up won't give up won't give up won't give up on us In your eyes I can't hide Like the sun you shine It's too late To call it a day Can't walk away from you now I won't give up I won't give up on you If I lay my love out on the line Will you lay me down with your love? I'll never let you go No I won't give up won't give up won't give up won't give up on us
2.
A rose colored moon through a starry night A childhood dream that never died A crystal ball like a womans sight And the vows you make when you're dressed in white When I Close My Eyes It All Disappears Cause Nothing Here is Real With Your Heart to the Sky Hold Yourself on High Let No One Stand Above You And Know That You Are Wicked is as wicked does, that's what she said And the man above told me he was my friend All this pixie dust from the sky Showers down on me, don't know why When I Close My Eyes It All Disappears Cause Nothing Here is Real With Your Heart to the Sky Hold Yourself on High Let No One Stand Above You And Know That You Are When You think you've seen it all the shadows on the wall start to fall Breathe, another memory, you'll soon begin to see you'll Breathe another memory, When I Close My Eyes There's Nothing to Fear Cause Nothing Here is Real With Your Heart to the Sky Hold Yourself on High Let No One Stand Above You And Know That You Are
3.
Hand to hand Flesh to flesh I fall Just a touch Afraid to give you too much Too soon I'm starting to feel again Becoming unfrozen This time I'll be smart Be still my heart Behind this veil I feel Something quite beautiful It's you that I want Be still my heart Every time I'm in your arms I fall off a cliff and Catch myself before It's too late I'm starting to feel again Becoming unfrozen This time I'll be smart Be still my heart Behind this veil I feel Something quite beautiful It's you that I want Be still my heart So many times I dove in the lake Should've stayed dry Should've played it safe This time I'll wait for the moment to come I'm starting to feel again Becoming unfrozen This time I'll be smart Be still my heart Behind this veil I feel Something quite beautiful It's you that I want Be still my heart Be still my heart Be still
4.
Love, let me bury my face in your neck And breathe in that strangely familiar scent As I stop to slowly take you in I realize I’ve gone and done it again I lose myself over and over again I lose myself And though I may not know you well You’ve got that strangely familiar smell So I surrender despite myself Lover I’m certain I’m addicted to the way I lose myself and Breathe you like the spring I lose myself Love let me take you in once more One more chance to get high before we go and I lose myself in memories of sweet sufferings Oh I love you I love you I love you
5.
Stripes and kites and raindrops in the sky the moon has caught his eye, softly she cries On and on and on this wandering eye This lie she can’t live You break my heart every time and leave me silently blind you broke my heart and I’m drawing the line Stumble, tumble trying to hunt you down this mountainous terrain has got me down Colder, harsh winds The seasons start to pull me under please don’t stop until its over You break my heart every time and leave me silently blind you broke my heart and I’m drawing the line If I stay here will I live to see tomorrow? But can I go back and face another day? You break my heart every time and leave me silently blind you broke my heart and I’m drawing the line
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03:00
Maybe I'm not too sure if you're my man Dirty Dish Pans In the Kitchen Sink Maybe I'm not too sure you fit the plan All these demands just made me think.. You make my heart skip a beat And I'm not sayin you don't sweep me off my feet 1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me? 4 5 6... Oh, Here's my Laundry List If you want to grow up soon I'll be waiting for you Maybe you think I sound a bit old-fashioned, Don't mean to trash ya, but cut that hair! Maybe you're so proud of all the things you're achievin I'm sure you've got your reasons, but I don't care.... You make my heart skip a beat And I'm not sayin you don't sweep me off my feet 1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me? 4 5 6... You're not gettin out of this 1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me? 4 5 6... Oh, Here's my Laundry List If you want to grow up soon I'll be waiting for you

about

This morning I thought of my beautiful friend Michal The Girl who died a few days ago. I think of her and her loving husband Jay, and I picture them cracking jokes, talking in funny anime voices, and doing those strangely familiar things that people do when they have been together for a long time. Perhaps I am becoming bored with instant gratification and the never-ending stream of “new” things on my computer screen because it has recently dawned on me how much I love, and hold dear, the familiar.

When I say familiar, I am not talking about being comfortable. To be “comfortable”, I once read in an Osho book, is to have one foot in the grave. The familiar is something magical and invigorating, like my morning cup of coffee or a game of Scrabble: familiar, yet with new life.

My parents are a perfect example. I could point to at least twenty habits each that have gone unchanged my entire life. They may poke each other the way they have for 25 years, but when I remember to breathe in and listen, I notice that my parents are a little different from the day before.

While the old becomes new, the new can also be quite old and familiar. Most obvious, perhaps, is the new stranger in my life. The face is new, the habits unknown, yet there is something deeply familiar as I breathe up my spine--that strangely familiar scent.

Life is like the bloom of a rose in slow motion. Many of us don’t like to see it that way because, in our minds, we register that the rose wilts and dies, and we see that as less beautiful.

But, whether the dried shell of one hangs on our walls, or the effusive blooms of many sit on our dining tables, a rose is always magical and invigorating. Each one has a familiar, yet unique fragrance. It takes its time blooming and then wilts quickly when it is finished. Does that equate to people blooming late in life? That is what I see with my parents. I listen and look at them, and they are just beginning to radiate with wisdom. Why is it that each day life becomes a little more beautiful than the day before? Is the rose blooming or wilting? Does it even matter?

This is for Michal and Jay, my parents, and the stranger. This is for the people I meet and the places I go, the music in my head, and the emotions of my soul, all of which give off that strangely familiar scent.

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10% of all Album Sale profits will go to Reverie and Jackson Snyder. Please consider donating to help raise Michal and Jay's babies by going to www.thesnydertwins.com

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released December 10, 2011

mixed by Michael Eisenstein
cover art by Zachary Williams

Please consider donating to help raise Michal and Jay's babies by going to www.thesnydertwins.com

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Tiff Randol Los Angeles, California

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